Joel Rose http://kgou.org en Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://kgou.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Joel Rose 33236 at http://kgou.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' http://kgou.org/post/top-nypd-cop-stop-and-frisk-not-problem-or-solution It's been nearly a year since a court ruling curtailed the New York Police Department's controversial practice known as stop-and-frisk, but NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says the city can be just as safe without it.<p>Bratton tells NPR that crime numbers for the year are down overall in New York. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Joel Rose 32657 at http://kgou.org Top NYPD Cop: Stop-And-Frisk Is Not 'The Problem Or The Solution' A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide http://kgou.org/post/new-jersey-law-thats-kept-smart-guns-shelves-nationwide A gun that fires only in the hands of its owner isn't science fiction anymore. A so-called smart gun is already on sale in Europe. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Joel Rose 31999 at http://kgou.org A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock http://kgou.org/post/move-over-bridgegate-chris-christies-next-campaign-roadblock The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.<p>The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.<p>When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30896 at http://kgou.org Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? http://kgou.org/post/why-it-so-hard-horse-win-triple-crown Only one more race stands between California Chrome and horse racing's Triple Crown, but it could be his toughest challenge yet.<p>Since 1978, a dozen horses — Sunday Silence, War Emblem and Smarty Jones among them — have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, only to stumble before the finish line at the Belmont Stakes.<p>No one can say exactly why there's been a 36-year drought since the last Triple Crown winner, but there are several theories.<p><strong>An Endurance Test</strong><p>The first thing you notice about Belmont Park is that it's big. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30610 at http://kgou.org Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown? World Trade Center Developer Wants Loan Guarantees To Resume Project http://kgou.org/post/world-trade-center-developer-wants-loan-guarantees-resume-project Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The country's tallest skyscraper is having trouble finding tenants. The landlords at one World Trade Center in New York City, which is slated to open later this year say they're dropping the rent because of high vacancy rates. And that's adding to a heated debate over another skyscraper under development at the World Trade Center site. Here's NPR's Joel Rose.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: The skyscraper is known as Three World Trade Center. It's one of several smaller office towers that are planned for the site in lower Manhattan. Wed, 28 May 2014 10:32:00 +0000 Joel Rose 30162 at http://kgou.org Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100 http://kgou.org/post/saturn-still-swings-celebrating-sun-ra-100 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrIIW_pKLBA</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Joel Rose 29774 at http://kgou.org Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100 On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 Museum Opens Doors http://kgou.org/post/bedrock-fallen-towers-september-ii-museum-opens-doors The National September 11 Memorial and Museum was officially dedicated Thursday in New York. President Obama and other elected officials joined survivors and victims' families in a poignant ceremony. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:40:00 +0000 Joel Rose 29338 at http://kgou.org To End Addiction Epidemic, States Focus On Stopping Doctor Shoppers http://kgou.org/post/end-addiction-epidemic-states-focus-stopping-doctor-shoppers Nearly every state has a prescription drug monitoring program that's meant to end abuse of opioids and other powerful pain medicines. But critics say most of these programs have a big loophole: they're voluntary, and many doctors don't use them. States that have made participation in PDMPs mandatory say they've started to cut down on practices that allow pain meds to be diverted into the black market. But those states are the exception. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Joel Rose 28942 at http://kgou.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case http://kgou.org/post/brewskee-ball-founders-refuse-be-sidelined-trademark-case The founders of <a href="http://www.brewskeeball.com/hello/">Brewskee-Ball</a> like to say they've taken Skee-Ball from the arcade to the bar, turning the old-time amusement park game into a competitive sport with hundreds of dedicated players in a handful of locations across the country, including Brooklyn, N.Y., San Francisco and Austin.<p>But the company that makes Skee-Ball machines is not amused.<p>It's suing Brewskee-Ball's founders for trademark infringement. Tue, 06 May 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Joel Rose 28734 at http://kgou.org Brewskee-Ball Founders Refuse To Be Sidelined By Trademark Case